8 films and TV shows you totally forgot Lena Headey was in

Cersei Lannister has not always had things her own way.

Lena Headey poses for a picture.
Lena Headey She's got a few cinematic skeletons in her closet. Image Getty

Lena Headey may be the undisputed Queen of Westeros among Game of Thrones fans but, like all actors, there was a time when the Bermuda-born star was far from a household name.

In fact, the British actress has been involved in quite a few films and TV shows you might have forgotten about over the years – here are just eight of them.


1

Spender

Remember when Jimmy Nail used to be a big deal? Headey does, she appeared in his Newcastle-set cop show Spender, which ran for three series. All together now, “Crocodile Shoes…”

2

Soldier Soldier

Headey actually had some previous with Game of Thrones co-star Jerome Flynn, having both featured in ITV’s mysteriously popular drama series about a British army infantry regiment. Riveting stuff.

3

The Jungle Book

No, not Jon Favreau’s recent live-action effort, but a previous attempt from The Mummy director Stephen Sommers in 1994 with Headley cast alongside Jason Scott Lee, Cary Elwes, Sam Neill and John Cleese. Future boyfriend Jason Flemyng also featured.

4

Gossip

Witty teen slasher movies were all the rage in the late 90s and early 2000s but this one often gets overlooked despite boasting a cash including James Marsden, Norman Reedus, Kate Hudson, Joshua Jackson and, you’ve guessed it, Lena Headey.

5

The Parole Officer

Steve Coogan’s attempt at a big screen breakaway from Alan Partridge was enjoyable enough with Headey taking up the role of ally and love interest in a film that’s perhaps unfairly overlooked by fans of the comedian’s work.

6

The Brothers Grimm

Directed by Terry Gilliam and starring the dynamic duo of Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, Grimm was supposed to be Headey’s big break in Hollywood but largely underwhelmed at the box office. Things worked out alright though.

7

The Contractor

A year before Snipes was sent down as a result of an income tax conviction, he headed to Bulgaria to star alongside Headey in this straight-to-dvd action film that is now most likely available in all good petrol station bargain bins.

8

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

John Connor’s mum was given a sexy upgrade – no offence Linda Hamilton – in this series based on the Terminator movie franchise. Despite good reviews and some well written episodes, it only last two seasons before being cancelled.

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